Here is sound advice, from one who knows both sides of the footlights, for young people who have a definite feeling that the theater is for them. It covers all the questions that are part of an actor's life and goes on to the requirements and activities of the stage manager, producer, director, writer-lyricist, composer, conductor, choreographer, set and costume designer, the agent and press agent and includes a chapter on TV. Preparation before coming to New York (speech, dancing, music, dramatic lessons or work in local radio, TV, little theater or summer stock); ways to live in the city, the necessity of a telephone answering service, the papers to read and further training possibilities (classes, schools, coaches, etc.); joining a union, making the rounds, auditions; what an agent can do for you -- these sections have much information for the actor-to-be. The chapters on rehearsals, the out of town try out and the Broadway opening (if there is one), touring with a show, playing summer stock, give further details of theatrical life, behavior and situations to be met. A comprehensive view of one of the toughest, most competitive and highly specialized businesses, this should be a helping hand for anyone with an on-stage dream.